• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Board thanks ‘I Support Our Schools’ volunteers

I SUPPORT OUR SCHOOLS volunteers were recognized by the Woodford County Board of Education for their efforts in the campaign supporting a facilities tax to pay for a new high school. The tax was ultimately defeated in a special election, but board members lauded the volunteers for their efforts to support the proposed 5.5 cent tax hike. From left are school board member Karen Brock, with I Support Our Schools volunteers Amanda Glass, Brenna Kelly, Beth Shewmaker, Dani Bradley, Amy Marshall, Tiffany Morgan and Kandi Neal, and board Chair Ambrose Wilson IV. Not pictured, but also a volunteer honored by the board, was Carrie King. (Photo by Bob Vlach)

A group of volunteers who got behind the Woodford County Board of Education’s campaign for a facilities tax to pay for a new high school was thanked for its efforts during the Aug. 20 board meeting.

“I Support Our Schools” committee members did more than support the board’s campaign asking voters to support a 5.5 cent property tax increase, said board Chair Ambrose Wilson IV, “they really carried the effort.”

“We tried to support them,” added board Vice Chair Debby Edelen. She joined the other four school board members in thanking the eight volunteers – Dani Bradley, Amanda Glass, Brenna Kelly, Carrie King, Amy Marshall, Tiffany Morgan, Kandi Neal and Beth Shewmaker – who organized I Support Our Schools.

“We all learned and we all grew,” said board member Karen Brock. “We might not have gotten what we wanted, but I think it was still an awesome growing experience.”

Ultimately, a majority of Woodford County voters did not support a proposed 5.5 cent (per $100 of assessed property value) to pay for the construction of a new high school.

“No, things didn’t turn out the way they should have,” said board member Margie Cleveland, “but you (I Support Our Schools volunteers) have the power to shake it up and to make things happen, and I would not want to stand in your way.” She urged the eight volunteers to continue to meet the needs of kids and focus on those areas of need. “Keep it together, find your next cause and go fight for the kids,” echoed Edelen. No one will ever understand how much time was put into this campaign by the eight women involved with I Support Our Schools, said Marshall. She said it’s important for all of them to understand how much their efforts were appreciated.

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